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ABOUT

Michael Lluberes is an award winning director, playwright and artistic leader. He became the founding producing artistic director of Flint Repertory Theatre in 2018, where he oversees all artistic programming and sets the creative vision for Flint Rep. He specializes in developing and directing world premiere plays and musicals and bold new takes on theatrical classics.

 

Michael conceived and directed the new LGBTQ+ version of THE FANTASTICKS, collaborating with original book writer and lyricist Tom Jones re-imagining the lovers at the center of the story as two young men. 

 

In 2021, during the pandemic, he conceived and directed FLINT MURAL PLAYS, commissioning and producing 25 mico audio plays, based on murals around the city of Flint from some of the most exciting contemporary playwrights including Mando Alvarado, Hunter Bell, Rebecca Gilman, Lauren Gunderson, Greg Kotis, Jenni Lamb, Craig Lucas, Douglas Lyons, Eliana Pipes, Emilio Rodriguez, Nandita Shenoy, Harrison David Rivers and Josh Wilder, among others.

 

In 2018, he launched Flint Rep’s New Works Festival, an annual festival of staged readings which has developed over 20 new plays and musicals.

 

Other directing credits at Flint Rep include RAGTIME, DEATH OF A SALESMAN starring two time Tony Award nominee Lewis J. Stadlen, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, INTO THE WOODS, ASSASSINS, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, Alex Moggridge’s THE BOATMAN (world premiere) and SONGS ABOUT STUFF: The Music of Wally Pleasant (world premiere).

 

Michael has produced the world premieres of James Anthony Tyler’s INTO THE SIDE OF A HILL, Gordon Leary and Julia Meniwald’s THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, Nandita Shenoy’s THE FUTURE IS FEMALE, Karen Saari’s ‘RAIN ON FIRE, Josh Wilder’s WRONG RIVER, and the TYA puppet musical RIDDLE OF THE TRILOBITES which transferred to an Off-Broadway run at the New Victory Theatre. 

 

As a writer, Michael penned book and lyrics for the critically acclaimed THE BOY IN THE BATHROOM (New York Musical Theatre Festival, NYMF Best New Musical and Best Book Awards, ASCAP/Disney Workshop). The show has been produced by theatres around the world and is licensed by Uproar Theatrics.

 

He also wrote the play PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS (BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Theatre Award Best Play, LA Weekly Theater Award Nomination Best Production, The Blank Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company, Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival) and book and lyrics for THE GERANIUM ON THE WINDOWSILL JUST DIED BUT TEACHER YOU WENT RIGHT ON (ASCAP Dreamworks Workshop, Lied Center for the Arts, Flint Youth Theatre). 

 

Michael has worked Off-Broadway, in national tours and at regional theatres across the country including The Acting Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Casa Mañana, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Capital Rep, Maltz Jupiter, Pioneer Theatre Company, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Chance Theater, The Festival of New American Musicals, among others. Television work includes “Chappelle’s Show”, “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and “HBO’s Funny or Die Presents”.

 

Michael is the proud recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, the American Harmony Prize, an NEA New Artist Initiative Award, Wilde Award for Best Director, Anna Sosenko Trust Award, National Alliance of Musical Theatre (NAMT) Innovation & Exploration Fund Award and the Jim Posante LGBTQ Community Pride Award.

 

Fellowships include The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Hambidge and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He is a graduate of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a member of The Acting Company, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and The Dramatists Guild. He lives in New York City and Flint, Michigan.

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